Perhaps this is a very naive question — and it certainly seems to me to be, but I’ve found German to be a very rule-based, orderly language in many regards, so I just thought I’d make sure — but is there a way to tell what the plural of a noun is based on the ending, or some combination of that and gender, or just a rough rule that sometimes works, or something else?

Thanks in advance!

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There are many rules (see. e.g. Wikipedia, especially subheading Grundsätze) and since one does not see, whether a substantive belongs to strong or weak declension, this always has to be looked up.

Special attention is required for some words having two plural forms (as Worte vs. Wörter), since their meaning may be different.

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